The annual Christian festival of Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ. The celebration date of Christmas i.e. December 25 goes back to A.D. 273. 2 pagan festivals were also celebrated on that day and it is believed that December 25 was chosen to lower the influence of paganism. Some people are still uncomfortable with Christmas because they believe that it is influenced by the pagan festival that is celebrated that day.
Why is Christmas Celebrated on December 25th?
There are 2 theories as to why December 25th is used for Christmas celebrations.
First theory is that the people at that time used to celebrate some kind of holiday at that time. From the Jewish celebrations of Chanukah to Pagan Winter Solstice, Germanic Yule and Roman Dies Natalis Solis Invivti(Birth of Sun), there used to be a lot of celebrations with trees, yule logs, decorations, mistletoe and feasts. All this lead to the fact that this was the season of festivals and Christians added Christmas as the birth of Jesus, which served as an escape from pagan holidays.
According to second theory, the date accepted by Western Church as March 25, which is the Annunciation or Immaculate Conception of Jesus in Mary’s womb. December 25, which is 9 months later, is celebrated as the birthday of Jesus. There may be many possible reasons for the date but the Church calendar was set in West during the reign of Constantine while according to Eastern Church, it was January 6.
How Christmas Eve Originated?
For a long time now, Christmas has not been celebrated for a single day but throughout the season starting with December 24th, the Christmas Eve. This tradition of celebrating the day before Christmas has been taken from the Jewish beliefs. Jews used to believe that the beginning of the day was from six in the evening and ending was until six in the next evening.
The meaning of Christmas is “Christ-mass.” Although the date itself is a guess, it is being observed since 4th century A.D. Most of the pagan practices like bringing a Yule log, decorating with holly etc. were transferred to Christmas festival and carried out with new meanings.
This Christmas, we have collected a list of delicious dishes that are a must have for this festive season.
Yorkshire pudding goes well with prime rib. With only 4 ingredients and 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious side dish prepared grand like a crown.
Shrimp Scampi is a quick and easy recipe that can work as an appetizer or side dish for the feast.
This aromatic seafood stew is perfect for a Seven Fishes style Christmas Eve dinner.
Roast Prime Rib with Thyme au Jus
Whole cloves of garlic are stuffed into the prime ribs so that the flavours mix with the meat. Serve this juicy meat with thyme and red wine sauce.
Old-Fashioned Glazed Ham
Celebrate Christmas with Glazed Ham with pineapple and maraschino cherries for great presentation. This easy glaze is prepared with Dijon mustard, thyme and brown sugar.
Christmas Stuffing with Bacon
Giada’s Christmas stuffing uses rice as an alternative to bread. To add sweet and savory flavours add pearl onions, hazelnuts, chopped bacon and Brussel sprouts.
Creamed Spinach is a great side dish for a Christmas meal. Add a little spice to the creamy sauce with a pinch of grated nutmeg.
Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath
This is a delicious edible wreath. Crunchy and crisp meringue is surrounded by ruby-red cranberry, pomegranate sauce and raspberry.
Buche de Noel
Serve this traditional French buche de Noel/Yule log cake this holiday season. The Rich chocolate genoise is rolled in coffee and brandy flavoured buttercream. It is decorated with pinecones, marzipan berries and mushrooms.
Vegetable Tarte Tatin
This is a beautiful side dish that is different from other dishes of this occasion. This dish is a hit at every Christmas dinner.